The modern sport of Rugby League that is played throughout the world today has its origins in late 19th century England.
A group of clubs based in the north of the country which participated in the one unified rugby code of the time broke away from their governing body to form their own competition.
Their motivation was the desire to offer fair compensation to their players for the time off work that was required by playing in Saturday matches. That was a practice outlawed at the time by the then Rugby Football Union and this social phenomenon was the catalyst for a true sporting revolution.
From this point onwards, the game began to evolve via a series of radical and innovative structural changes and changes to on-field rules until it grew into the vibrant and exciting modern sport we know today.